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Tulum, Mexico
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Paid around 650 pesos or so for a private room for two people. (Around double the going rate in Playa Del Carmen and the surrounding area). Our door wouldn't lock properly meaning we couldn't leave our room for long. The child on the desk didn't speak any English (Not that this is a requirement, it just made it hard to... More 

1 Thank Jake B
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Very unsafe and depressing hostel. When me and my friends were on the beach someone just entered our dorm (no problem to enter a room which has no key) and broke my locker (huge lock) and stole my money. And apparently stole also a lot more money in the room next to ours. One day before when we where in... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Stayed there one night. It was good, the dorms are allright, the nice point is the bar and dance floor on the roof with live band music. Its open to persons whome are not from the hostel so there was quite a lot of people and I had great time.

Thank Raphael V
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

The hostel was a fair deal but rooms are not very clean and the mosquito fence in front of the window was broken so lots of mosquitos inside. Anyway, it is a fair backpacker deal with some local food places just across the street and 2 blocks from the main street. Wifi could be better as well.

1 Thank traveller135246
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2015

Shared the room with other people, one of which had a locker full of marijuana. The room was dirty and the tenant had lived there for a month or so. Otherwise, the hostel was nice -- people were friendly. No breakfast option. Not a lot of communal area for seating / meeting people. Bathrooms were mediocre at best.

Thank MashaZap
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2015 via mobile

The hostel is clean, the people are lovely and great location. I'm so happy that I found that hostel it make my vicasion in Playa Del Carmen such better!!! There is also great hot water in shower. Hoo and great breakfast! Just go there

Thank Yael R
Basel, Switzerland
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52 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015

I stayed here for 5 nights in Dec 2014 for NYE, it is clean and does what it says on the tin... There is a lovely rooftop bar area, with good value drinks considering the area. Location is not far from 5th Ave where the main tourist area is located, highly recommend staying here if you are on a budget... More 

Thank Olly S
Perth, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 29 November 2014

The place is really nice clean and the staff are really very friendly. near to bus station, beach, clubs, bars and everything else you want in PDC. The owner of the place is really nice and helpful person. She made everyone free breakfast on my last day

Thank SumerPerth
Sunshine Coast
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

I am travelling Mexico and was looking at hostels to stay in when I came across "Happy Gecko" on hostelbookers.com. It was cheap, VERY central, but had a review of 77%. Ignore that rating. This place is amazing! 2 minutes walk from the beach, shops, bus stations (OK, maybe 5 for the ADO station) with an amazing open set roof... More 

2 Thank UniversalTraveller4
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

The poor cleaning lady did all the work in the place. Everyone else just lounged around and rarely , if ever got off there lazy buts to help each other or the guests. Furthermore it was 4 times the price it should have been. Also the beds sucked. The water pressure was crap. The internet never worked. The TV didn't... More 

3 Thank Jess H

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Happy Gecko Hostel, is one of the cheapest hostels in town and is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, just two blocks from the beach and one block from the famous 5th Avenue. The area is full of bars, night clubs and restaurants, and close to the best beach clubs like Zenzi Bar, The Fusion and the Blue Parrot. It is 3 blocks away from Walmart, 4 blocks from the ADO bus station and 45 minutes drive from Cancun International Airport. It offers both private rooms and shared dormitories with air conditioning and free WiFi. Some rooms have private bathroom and kitchen in the bedroom. In addition the hostel has a rooftop bar, with shared kitchen and BBQ, as well as a communal lounge with TV. That gives everyone the opportunity to cook your own food and save money. Ideal for backpackers! The front desk staff is available 24 hours. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Happy Gecko Hotel & Hostel

Address: 10th Av. North between 6th and 8th street | Centro, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $33 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Happy Gecko Hotel & Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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Happy Gecko Hotel And Hostel
Happy Gecko Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Happy Gecko Hotel & Hostel Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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“Don't bother.”
 of 5 bubbles 678jakeb, 3 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Don't stay at this hostel.”
 of 5 bubbles 861jessh, 7 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Late check ins not a problem”
 of 5 bubbles lazyblueskies, 1 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Do NOT sleep in a dorm on the roof - The music will keep you up all night!”
 of 5 bubbles AussieDizzle, 16 May 2012 | Read review
“Make sure you bring a lock for your locker”
 of 5 bubbles gxqpp, 21 Apr 2011 | Read review
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